Where to go dog sledding in Ontario

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ILONA KAUREMSZKY, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:42 PM ET

Q: We'd like to try dogsledding. Are there any places in Ontario offering tours?

-- M. Kamara, Toronto

A: Ontario Tourism's web portal Ontario Outdoor has a list of places with dogsled excursions. These include Haliburton's Winterdance Dogsled Tours, which has teamed up with Sir Sam's Inn on a Highland Dogsled Adventure package, available to March 28. The package includes two nights' accommodations, candle-light lakeside dining, daily breakfast, a two-hour dogsled tour and use of the inn's water spa. (From $680 per couple midweek, and $810 per couple on weekends.) For details, visit sirsamsinn.com or call them toll-free at 1-800-361-2188.

Q: My mother's ancestors hail from Ireland and I'm hoping to visit this year for the Gathering. I don't use the Internet much and don't have a clue on how to find information on events. Do you know of any for the Power clan? Many thanks.

-- M. Chidley, Newfoundland

A: I discovered many events connected to the Power name taking place in Waterford, the spiritual home of the Power clan. These include:

-- A four-day Power Clan Gathering from May 31 to June 3. The opening ceremony takes place in Dunhill Ecopark. "This will also be an opportunity to be part of a worldwide Power DNA project," event organizer Emily Shakespeare says.

-- Zany Power clan battle reenactments will take place on Waterford's Tramore Beach on June 1. The event includes races and an exhibition on the Power family at the Tramore Coast Guard station. Guided tours of Dunhill and Tramore will also be scheduled.

-- On Sept. 7, PowerFest 2013 will try to set a new Guinness record for the largest gathering of members from a single family name at a single event. The current world record-holders are the Gallaghers of Donegal, who set the world record in 2007 with 1,488 members.

For more information, see thegatheringireland.com.

Q: Watching English garden shows is a long-time passion. Now I'm prepared for a visit, and hoping you might have some tips. Thank you.

-- T. Smith, Markham

A: All over the United Kingdom, gardeners will be embrace spring by attending a garden show. One of the biggest is the Chelsea Flower Show in London, which marks its 100th anniversary May 21-25. For details, see rhs.org.uk.

Another nice flower diversion is a garden-themed cruise. Cruise Holidays of Lawrence Park is organizing an 11-day British Isles cruise, May 14-25, that stops at some of the U.K.'s finest gardens -- Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project in Cornwall, La Seigneurie Gardens on the Isle of Sark, Powerscourt House and Helen Dillion Garden in Ireland, Balfour Castle in the Orkneys, and more. Cruise host Peter Neubauer is a passionate gardener and member of the Royal Horticulture Society. For details, contact Cruise Holidays of Lawrence Park at 416-486-4646 or lawrencepark.cruiseholidays.com.


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